Trump will again skip the White House correspondents' dinner

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Donald Trump will snub the annual White House correspondents' dinner for the second year in a row, organisers said Friday, amid sustained attacks by the U.S. president on U.S. media.

The White House Correspondents' Association confirmed Friday that Trump will not attend the April 28 dinner, but noted that the president will "actively encourage" administration officials to go to the event.

The annual dinner celebrates the importance of the First Amendment and raises money for journalism scholarships.

In lieu of attending last year's dinner, Mr Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania where he told the crowd the U.S. media were incompetent and biased.

(The Gipper called in from his hospital bed.) There was buzz around a Trump appearance at this year's event after he delivered a monologue at the Gridiron Club gala in March, but that event was not televised.

White House Correspondents' Dinner will take place on April 28.

Last year, Trump bailed - opting to hold a campaign-style rally on the same night as the soiree.

"Nerd Prom" is coming back to Washington at the end of the month, and that has prompted a lot of speculation about whether the president would attend this time or skip out like previous year. Just hours after the WHCA announced the president's decision, he tweeted, "Do people really believe this stuff?"

Cabinet members and staffers are also free to attend, a message welcomed by West Wing aides who were forced to sit out the celebrations a year ago. During his first 60 days in office, media reports on Trump were three times more negative than Barack Obama and twice as negative as coverage of presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to the Pew Research Center.

Traditionally, the event is attended by the president and vice president - and typically features self-satirizing skits and speeches.

The then-reality TV star was a proponent of the "birther" conspiracy theory that then-President Obama was not born in the U.S.

Among his quips: "I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person".

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